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  • Summary: A tactical, turn-based RPG from the makers of Legend of Grimrock games. Every action, every turn counts as you control your party of heroes through challenging, handcrafted missions in the ancient, mist-clad Menhir Forest.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jun 12, 2019
    91
    Druidstone draws inspiration from a variety of genres (even tabletop boardgames) and combines all those elements elegantly. Its whimsical writing and beautiful (Trine-sque) art should not fool you. This is a game which will put your tactical planning skills to the test and demand forward thinking in the development of your characters. Another spectacular result from the makers of the Legend of Grimrock series.
  2. Jul 11, 2019
    85
    Although the story and characters are nothing new to RPGs, the strategy gameplay systems truly stand out in their seemingly simple execution.
  3. 80
    Ultimately, Druidstone is a challenging and rewarding tactical-RPG with plenty of charm to keep it engaging in-between brutally tough encounters. It can border on unfair at times, but the steady stream of progression and versatile combat ensures it remains satisfying. Ctrl Alt Ninja clearly demonstrates their development expertise with this finely tuned and tightly crafted adventure that’ll have you brainstorming turns for hours.
  4. May 22, 2019
    80
    Druidstone is pretty great but not without flaws. Fortunately, the unforgiving strategic combat, charming art style and light puzzles sprinkled in between the fights, far exceed the balancing issues. You just need to keep playing it beyond the first 5-6 missions, you'll find that Druidstone is a hidden gem.
  5. Jun 4, 2019
    80
    A competent as well as challenging tactical RPG from former Legend of Grimrock developers.
  6. Jun 5, 2019
    70
    Druidstone: The Secret of the Menhir Forest is not a bad game, but it has nothing really new to thrill you.
  7. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Aug 2, 2019
    69
    Combat is rather simplistic, but effective: situations and objectives vary greatly, and each fight requires its own tactics and equipment. Unfortunately, it’s also the best part of the game – although writers managed to draft an intriguing world, they failed to populate it with memorable characters and stories. [Issue#239, p.66]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jul 15, 2019
    10
    This game is so lovingly and tightly designed.. it's amazing. It's honestly my favorite game I've ever played. To the point that this isThis game is so lovingly and tightly designed.. it's amazing. It's honestly my favorite game I've ever played. To the point that this is probably the first game I'm writing a review for. I feel like there's always this balance people who make games have to play with between giving you tools to solve challenges, and challenges that continue to be fun to play through. A lot of the time, in my opinion, the magic of the game is lost and you find yourself using variations of the same solution to solve every problem. This game manages to keep it fresh through every single level. I never found myself playing missions just for the rewards, the missions themselves were genuinely fun, and I wanted to achieve side quests only to see if I could. I really hope this developer keeps making more games soon, Grimrock doesn't really seem like a game for me, but I really like the direction of Druidstone. Expand
  2. May 19, 2019
    9
    At its core, Druidstone is a tense, merciless turn-based RPG who's tight strategic situations can only be compared to Into the Breach. Do notAt its core, Druidstone is a tense, merciless turn-based RPG who's tight strategic situations can only be compared to Into the Breach. Do not go in expecting another Grimrock, this is a different beast entirely where, again, the emphasis is all about very tight strategic combat along with some light puzzle solving. While a lot of the game design is strongly reminiscent of Into the Breach, Druidstone's handcrafted levels and story leaves you with a far more organic, immersive and pleasing experience where each mission seems to have a peculiar twist of it's own.

    For full disclosure, I usually am not a big fan of turn-based RPGs for it seems that most of them can be won by a simple rinse-and-wash procedure where you just mechanically select the most effective action at your disposal without thinking any more than one move ahead. Notable exceptions: Invisible inc., Into the Breach, XCom and now Druidstone.

    In terms of production quality, the game runs smoothly (steady FPS) on my limited machine without any major bug to be seen. The UI is well done and intuitive. The backdrop story is kind of generic and light but the dialogues are usually fun to read. Overall, this is a very well done game.

    If you think this is just another shovelware turn-based RPG, do yourself and the dev a favor: just go ahead and try to beat it. My bet is you'll fail a lot and have a lot of fun while doing so.
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  3. Jul 8, 2019
    8
    if you like Turn-based RPG strategy games I think you'll have quite a good time with this game.
    the only weak side is the story. But it's
    if you like Turn-based RPG strategy games I think you'll have quite a good time with this game.
    the only weak side is the story. But it's something about your expectations I guess. They didn't go with a very deep story. Conversations are quite fun. Game playing is very good.
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  4. May 15, 2019
    5
    It's decent, but nothing really "grabs" you. The characters, music, environments, enemies, abilities, etc are all just "ok". None of it isIt's decent, but nothing really "grabs" you. The characters, music, environments, enemies, abilities, etc are all just "ok". None of it is especially creative or new or terribly interesting. This is particularly disappointing due to how unique the Grimrock games were. It's like they've just given up.

    If you're desperate for some typical fantasy turn based action, it's barely acceptable.
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  5. May 26, 2019
    3
    I heard some of the staff in Legend of Grimrock join this game.
    That's why I'm so excited to try it out. But a few hours in it I'm already
    I heard some of the staff in Legend of Grimrock join this game.
    That's why I'm so excited to try it out. But a few hours in it I'm already fed up.
    Many mechanisms are dump and poor design.
    For example, things you get from chest override your slot.
    In the early mission whistle a useless npc waste valuable action point.
    The list goes on and on. Clearly a turn-based RPG has no strategy at all I'm afraid.
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